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Comment Re:Anyone else feel sorry for New Hampshire? (Score 3, Informative) 460

I have a friend who has lived there her entire life and she's bitched about how people are now coming into meetings and derailing them. Everyone else is trying to get work done and they're ranting about some very obscure topic and how it's oppressing them. They don't have the best rep locally.

However, if the 20k people move, the other 49 states will become that much nicer of a place to live.

Comment Do you have to do more than find a foreign DNS? (Score 1) 206

It looks like this bill just forces ISPs to change their DNS information to not have sites in it. As horrible as that is (and it IS ridiculous), what would stop people from using (Those are from Toronto via a quick Google look up. They're perhaps not the best ones available, but it's the kind of thing that you can search for.) or something at which point the Internet is exactly the same? Am I missing something?

Comment Re:well they trigger on right on red, just over th (Score 1) 262

The ones in Redmond, WA don't trigger for that if you stop... but they did give me a warning once for not coming to a complete stop first. The speed I was going?

0.012 mph

Yes, technically illegal, but I had thought I had come to a complete stop. The precision they have is beyond what a human does.


Solar Car Speed Record Smashed 72

An anonymous reader writes with word from Australia that "There's a new world record for the fastest solar-powered land vehicle: 88 km/h average speed over one kilometre in a lightweight car that uses about the same power as a toaster." As the article goes on to explain, this solar racer, built last year by students from the University of New South Wales, managed to nab that speed record earlier this month on an Australian navy base airstrip.

Scientists Find Tears Are the Anti-Viagra 207

An anonymous reader writes "The male test subjects didn't know what they were smelling, they were just given little vials of clear liquid and told to sniff. But when those vials contained a woman's tears (collected while she watched a sad movie), the men rated pictures of women's faces as less sexually attractive, and their saliva contained less testosterone. Is this proof that humans make and respond to pheromones? The researcher behind the study doesn't use that controversial word, but he says his findings do prove that tears contain meaningful chemical messages."

Comment Re:Guilty much? (Score 1) 685

This is insane. I tell the freaking truth about unemployment and it's flamebait?

Every single person I have ever met who has used unemployment actively avoided getting a new job

The assumption here is that you know enough people to form a significant sample size. If you have a dozen friends who leeched off of UI, it doesn't mean that the millions of people on it are all doing that any more than the fact that it saved me a few times while it took me a few months to find a new job means that no one would abuse it.


Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life 486

scottbomb sends in this feel-good story of an engineer-hero, calling it "one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time." "A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained."

Comment Re:One step forward, two steps back (Score 1) 350

I actually came up with one once - a subscription service that allows unlimited mp3 downloads with the monthly costs split up by percentage of downloads. While would customers pay the $10? Well first a limited subscription could be built into the cost of an MP3 player to get people addicted to having access to anything without even having to search for it. But the second part of this is to have a contest system where only registered members could vote for various bands. The winner would get a prize. So if I'm a huge fan of a band and they ask me to go and vote for them, I'm going to be tempted to keep my membership active.

Comment Re:Governmental Takeover? (Score 1) 350

"Instead, libertarian thought is a belief in the greatest possible reasonable amount of freedom for everyone. "

Only true if you don't care about freedom of assembly (only true if there is public property which there wouldn't be in Libertopia). Of course you'd also have to miss that many of our freedoms come about because we don't have the dubious "freedom" to sign a contracts that would let the powerful easily bully around the weak. It would not be hard to effectively enslave people in a Libertarian society through non-compete clauses and obfuscated language. For that matter, a majority could commit legal genocide by just refusing to sell any of them food or let them use private roads to leave the area, but - hey - at least the rights of the shop owners and road creators wouldn't be destroyed.


Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying 344

__roo writes "American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, 'We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated.' Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science."

Comment Re:Best rumor source yet... (Score 1) 348

It's the TV output that makes this interesting to me. Could this be an Apple TV that actually works? Add a decent digital audio out, the ability to stream from iTunes, and a decent (256-512 gigs) amount of storage space and this device becomes a lot more interesting as a portable video player.

Comment As opposed to what exactly? (Score 1) 686

"only "boys" are stupid enough to go into a field that's globally-fungible, where entry-level salaries are declining, "

I'd like to know what fields out there are having increasing entry level salaries and can't be outsourced. Most of the examples given - like plumbing - require the existence of other people making good salaries to pay for the services so if all manufacturing jobs go away, we're pretty doomed in general.

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